Belgium : Third European Council meeting of religious leaders

Source: FSSPX News


From 7th to 10th November, Brussels hosted the third Meeting of the European Council of major religions for peace (ECRL), in the presence of Cardinal Godfried Daneels, archbishop of Malines-Brussels. An ECRL document entitled “The European Council of religious leaders/Religions for peace – an appeal for partnership for peace and stability in Europe” served as a backdrop for discussions. It states that : “We acknowledge the importance of the European Union, of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation, institutions which have united countries, which a short while ago were enemies.”

This text was drawn up by representatives of the historical religions of Europe – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – and Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Zoroastrian representatives who live on this continent and cooperate in the prevention of conflicts, peaceful cohabitation and reconciliation.

The signatories of the document believe that their organizations need partners : “Only cooperation between governments, organizations, the private sector, civil society and religious communities can meet these challenges.” The ECRL was created in order to offer this collaboration. Hence their wish to be able to work in partnership with European Institutions.